Kingdom:  Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

SubFamily: Panthernae

Genus: Panthera tigris

Species: Panthera tigris altaicia

Height: 10.75 ft (3.3 m)

Weight: 600 lbs (300 kg)

Lifespan: 10-20 years in the wild, and up to about 20 years in captivity.


  • Also called Siberian tigers, Amur tigers are the world's largest cats.  They live primarily in eastern Russia's birch forests, though some exist in China and North Korea.


  • Tigers generally live an hunt alone.  They will travel many miles to find prey, such as elk and wild boar, on nocturnal hunts, eating as much as 60 pounds in one night.  they use their distinctive coats as camouflage and no two tigers have exactly the same stripes.


  • Only an estimated 400-500 Amur tigers remain in the wild.  Tigers are often hunted for trophies and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine.  All five remaining tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are in place.  Poaching, though reduced, is still a very significant threat to these animals.


  •  Unlike almost all other big cats, tigers are very good swimmers.  They enjoy bathing and playing in the water when young.  as adults, they have been known to swim several miles to hunt or to cross rivers.



Currently at ZooMontana:


  • Sophie:  Female, Born Fall 2012


  • Jasmine:  Female, Born Fall 2012


  • These two tigers are sisters.  Born and raised in Florida, they have been together their entire lives.


  • They arrived at ZooMontana in early summer of 2014.



You can help provide care for our Amur Tigers through our ADOPT program! - Adopt SOFI & JASMINE Today!





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